The test is challenging but can be done if basic maths is understood. The time constrain is what creates more than necessary pressure.
Talent Q Elements Numerical Test
The Talent Q Elements numerical test assesses a candidate’s ability to analyse and understand numerical data. The tests are popular for recruiting any role where the ability to work with numerical data forms a key part of the role.
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Start with these two free numerical questions, similar in style to Talent Q’s. Remember to set your timer for each question to 75 seconds, to simulate the amount of time you have for each question in the actual test.
Worked solutions follow the questions. If the answer you’ve selected isn’t correct, make sure you understand where you went wrong and how to calculate the right answer.
Example Question 1
What is the difference in the average value of each sale for the bottom 95% of customers between 2018 and 2020?
a) £115
b) £125
c) £135
d) £145
Solution
Step 1: Number of customers in bottom 95%: 2018 = 3,000 x 95% = 2,850 2020 = 4,000 x 95% = 3,800
Step 2: Calculate revenue with bottom 95% customers: 2018 = £6,000,000 x 40% = £2,400,000 2020 = £7,500,000 x 50% = £3,750,000
Step 3: Calculate average sale per bottom 95% customer: 2018 = £2,400,000 divided by 2,850 = £842 2020 = £3,750,000 divided by 3,800 = £987
Step 4: Calculate difference: = £987  £842 = £145
So the answer is d).
Example Question 2
If there were an equal number of games in each year, which team had the highest winning percentage across the two years?
a) Liverpool
b) Real Madrid
c) Barcelona
d) Juventus
As there are the same number of games, you can just add up the percentages and divide by 2:
Real Madrid: (41% + 46%) / 2 = 43.50%
Barcelona: (45% + 40%) / 2 = 42.50%
Juventus: (44% + 56%) / 2 = 50.00%
Bayern Munich: (38% + 49%) / 2 = 43.50%
Liverpool: (56% + 59%) / 2 = 57.50%
Man City: (46% + 44%) / 2 = 45.00%
So the answer is a).
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Talent Q Elements Numerical Test FAQs
Are Talent Q tests hard?
Talent Q tests are designed to be challenging. On the positive side, the adaptive nature of the tests allows you to perform to the best of your numerical ability and stand out from other applicants. Ensuring that you practice the tests will help hone your numerical skills and let your natural ability shine through.
How are Talent Q numerical tests scored?
There is no set pass mark with a Talent Q test. The overall mark achieved in the Talent Q test is either compared to an overall benchmark set by the employer, or compared against the scores of other candidates.
How long is a Talent Q numerical test?
The test takes just over 15 minutes, with 75 seconds to complete each of the 12 questions in the test.
Can you use a calculator?
You can use a calculator in the test. It is also advisable to have a pen and paper with you, so you can note down any calculations.
How can I improve my numerical reasoning?
Refreshing your memory on basic numerical concepts such as fractions, ratios and percentages can help improve your numerical skills. Reading infographics and working out what the image conveys – before reading the accompanying text – can also help you focus on analysing numerical information.
What's the difference between Talent Q and Korn Ferry tests?
Korn Ferry is an assessment organisation that became part of the Hay group (which also owns Talent Q) in 2014. Korn Ferry aptitude tests are distinct from talent Q tests, however, despite having the same owner.
Talent Q Elements Numerical Test Tips
1Sharpen your numerical skills
Ensure that you know how to calculate percentages, ratios and use fractions. Become confident in analysing tables, graphs, and charts, and picking out the relevant information from data. Practicing tests will help you refresh your knowledge of using mathematical concepts.
2Read the question carefully
When faced with a timed test, it is tempting to skimread the question. Take the time to read the question properly and understand what the question is asking, so you don’t miss key information or misinterpret the question.
3Simulate test conditions
Take any practice tests in the same conditions as you would the actual test. This means practicing tests in a room free from distraction, using a calculator, timing each question, and applying the same focus to the questions as you would in the actual test.
4Stay calm
Don’t panic if you are struggling to answer a question and your time runs out. Remain calm and positively approach the following question. Take each question individually and remember that due to the adaptive nature of the test, you have the opportunity to still perform at your best even if you struggle on some questions.
5Make notes
The test allows you to use a calculator, but don’t forget to use a pen and paper for your working out. If the answer you arrive at isn’t listed in the list of multiplechoice answers, you can then revisit your workings to see where you went wrong, recalculate and select the answer you believe to be correct.
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March 29, 2023
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March 29, 2023
straight forward
I liked how simple it was. However, I left my door open and got interrupted a lot so a quiet space is definitely needed.

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March 28, 2023
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March 27, 2023
Great practice
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March 27, 2023
I did not manage my time well
I liked the test, the problems were very clear, but I did not manage my time well and couldn't get to the final one

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March 22, 2023
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March 21, 2023
I did this test for uni
The test was quick and simple. The bar charts in questions about the snowfall are a bit too tight together, so it's a bit hard to read. It would be better if there is more space between each month's data set.

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March 20, 2023
Understand the plots
The most important aspect of numerical reasoning is your ability to understand the information on the plots. If you take time to understand what the plot is about and how it relates to the question, then the method to solve the problem will become more clear.